Post-Crash Database

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  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 10:10am

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    Peter Bartels

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    Post-Crash Database

No, I did not spell the title wrong.

Not into survival. That sounds so damn depressing. I’m looking a bit more upbeat. I’m talking THRIVEival. A better life after TSHTF.

How? 

Well, I have always subscribed to the concept of knowledge as power, just like 99% of you folks according to what I read here. So, I have dedicated 250 GB of HD space, plus printed, bound hard copies, for any and all subjects containing life-enhancing knowledge once all hades breaks loose. Just started it formally, but it’s growing fast.

Basically I am scooping up the How to’s of everything from the internet while it’s still available. Hard copies for power loss, soft copies for the ultra-low power tiny no frills laptop that can be powered from a small solar panel.

Here is what part of my library looks like. Trust me, it’s a hell of a lot bigger. Note: You can cut and paste websites (with illustrations) in Microsoft Word, and save web pages with the Save as.. option.

 

 

 

I’m not counting on the net being here in the future. Are you?

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 10:13am

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    Peak Prosperity Admin

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What would be great is if folks weighed in here with topics of importance to harvest information on. Sure there are threads, but a central index of topics would be perfect.

So far I have added (trust me, there are more)

Operations Security

Civil Unrest Preparation

Bug-out out city plan

All about firewood

Beermaking

Winemaking

Vinegar making

cheese making

compost

gardening (plus subtopics)

ect, ect, ect….

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 11:18am

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That’s good work, Pete. I’ve had a similar idea myself, though I haven’t saved anything on the computer yet.

Beyond practical know-how, there’s been considerable discussion about amassing libraries of culture and ideas – literature, history, art, philosophy, the history of scientific ideas, etc.

Although I don’t agree with John Michael Greer on everything, one excellent idea he has regards how monasteries served as vaults of culture and knowledge through the Dark Ages, and how we should think about similar repositories which could withstand even severe, abrupt collapse (although Greer doesn’t believe in such collapse).

One other thing of absolutely critical importance right now, today, even leaving aside possible collapse, is to establish non-GMO freedom seed banks, seed libraries, seed exchanges. As we speak there is a world domination attempt underway by Monsanto and others to literally monopolize world food production. They believe they can do this by eradicating all non-patented seeds, and they’ve made considerable progress.

So there’s the three things for our lifeboats:

1. Practical knowledge (and tools, other useful objects);

2. Cultural and intellectual works and knowledge;

3. Freedom seeds.

 

-Russ 

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 01:18pm

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have you guys thought about what you might do if the electric grid goes down?? it is very old and unstable. also if you do have generators how long will they last without available fuel to run them? back up all your info on hard copy. You are doing the right thing getting the info now, but print it out.

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 02:18pm

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 Pete,

I think your idea is a great idea and I have been implementing a similar approach for some time now. I started out just making a rather complex index of bookmarks in my browser, but soon that grew into a database similar to yours. Once you have established the folder structure, it really does become easy to add information as you come across it. Though I have print a lot of the more important content of the database, I’m not sure if its feasible for me to print it all. A lot of the information I have put on my iphone, along with an entire copy of the wikipedia. During Hurricane Ike last year, we had no power or internet service for 3 weeks. I used my iPhone extensively during this period to get information and to view information that I had already collected and organized for just such an event.

I also converted much of the text documents to audio files that I can listen to throughout the day. I find that I can absorb a lot more information with audio files because I can listen while doing everyday tasks that don’t require much mental horsepower, and thus increase my overall time for learning new things.

Like you, I believe if the S does HTF, then this information will not only be of great personal benefit, but will benefit my community as well. But even if nothing were to happen on that scale, I have learned (and will continue to learn) a great deal from the project.

More power to you.

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 02:31pm

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Hi Pete,

I think yours is a very wise and useful idea.  I don’t know if you are inclined to or have the web-skills to create some sort of community site where people can contribute articles to a web-based database.  That way, your information will grow much faster (dare I say exponentially?) and you will get topics and knowledge that perhaps you would not have even considered on your own.  In order to prevent a tidal wave of junk, perhaps you could assign moderators with area-specific knowledge to groups of topics.  For example, Ready could be your moderator for all things biodeisel related and any new posts would have to get his seal of approval first.  Just some thoughts. 

Patrick

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 02:43pm

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have you guys thought about what you might do if the electric grid goes down?? it is very old and unstable. also if you do have generators how long will they last without available fuel to run them? back up all your info on hard copy. You are doing the right thing getting the info now, but print it out.

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Yep.

First investment is a small portable solar panel with an inverter. Combined with a super small, very inexpenive LOW POWER laptop and you’re golden.

Since you’ll NEVER get this information back again, save it on USB flashsticks as a backup, along with wordprocessing sw, adobe reader instal, and firefox install.

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 02:44pm

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No, I don’t think there will be an Internet in the future and this is an excellent idea.

Too bad we can’t do this as a group online somewhere. Think of how much knowledge could be added to the database with many people contributing to it over time.

Then it could be placed on CDs and distributed to individuals.

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 02:44pm

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You can save web pages on your hard drive guys.

And use a free youtube downloader. Golden! Nothing more educational than a video lecture.

  • Sun, May 03, 2009 - 03:46pm

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How about folks start posting download ideas here? Right now I’m downloading videos on making compost and compost tea. LOL

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